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Arts, Crafts, and Experiments for Kids

child painting

Are you looking for something fun to try at home?  Your local Librarians Jenni and Pam recommend these sites for creative, hands-on learning:

Art Hub for Kids – Learn to draw with step by step with Rob, his wife, and kids.  Learn to draw characters ranging from Pokémon to Disney characters.

Cooking with Kids – The Food Network offers simple kid-friendly recipes to make together.

DC Kids Camp – Interactive videos and art lessons from DC comics middle grade artists and authors. Follow DC Kids on Twitter and Instagram

Dav Pilkey at Home – Learn how to draw from the author of Dog Man and Captain Underpants.  New video content posted on Friday mornings at 8 a.m. on Library of Congress and Scholastic sites and social media.

Draw with Jarrett J. Krosoczka – Learn to draw from Jarrett Krosoczka, author of Punk FarmMy Lunch Lady graphic novel series, and Hey, Kiddo.   Monday to Friday, Mar. 23 – Apr. 3 at 2:00pm (past episodes are available to view).

Easy Peasy and Fun – Tons of different crafts for kids to make while at home. – Paper and glue crafts for students of all ages. Allows you to select a grade level and it will match crafts based on that grade.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems – Sit and learn with Mo Willems, author and illustrator of Elephant and Piggie.  Week days at 1 p.m.

OH WOW Science Center – This Youngstown museum is offering STEM activities on their Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Science Fun – Site with simple and fun science experiments. Head to their kid zone for a long list of experiments.

Science Bob – Easy experiments that can be done at home. For all ages.

SciShow Kids – Jessi and her robot rat Squeaks introduce science topics and demonstrate experiments that you can do at home.






Pam is the Library’s Early Learning Team Leader. She enjoys and believes in the power of reading aloud with children. She is known to still occasionally read aloud to her teenage children.


Jenni Hemphill is the current Assistant Supervisor for the Boardman, Springfield, and Greenford locations. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Deaf Education (K-12) in 2001 and a Master’s of Library and Information Science plus K-12 degree in 2015, both from Kent State University. She taught at the Ohio School for the Deaf for ten years, where she taught all ages, and has been a contract interpreter for the deaf locally.

She started at PLYMC back in 2014 and loves helping patrons, of any age, find their next best read, and going out into the community to schools for off-site programming. She currently runs the ASL Club Program for PLYMC.

Her and her husband have two children, who attend Springfield Local Schools. She loves to read, spend time with family, and trying new things.